Imperial investigates Sarnia refinery fire

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 19 -- Imperial Oil Ltd. is investigating a Dec. 14 fire that caused the shutdown of the hydrocracker at its 120,800-b/cd refinery in Sarnia, Ont.

The fire started in the 18,000-b/d unit, which Imperial shut down and depressurized.

Imperial said the refinery's fire crew, with aid from the Sarnia Fire Department, extinguished the fire Dec. 15 after allowing a controlled burn.

It also said no product shortages are expected in the near term as a result of this event; supply will be rebalanced through the company's refining network as required.

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